Boeing Launches ‘Boeing Aviation Studies Certificate’ in the United Kingdom
New qualification will be available to 14 to 18 year old students across the country
July 13, 2012 - Video: http://youtu.be/1KgQZTisbCE
The Boeing Company today launched the ‘Boeing Aviation Studies Certificate’, a new qualification created for secondary school students in collaboration with the Royal Aeronautical Society. The unique qualification is an initiative that further enhances the already highly successful Boeing and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) Schools Build a Plane Challenge. The Schools Build a Plane Challenge provides students in U.K. secondary schools the opportunity to build a light aircraft from kit. The aim of the programme is to motivate students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and provide hands-on engineering skills. Throughout the airplane build, Boeing experts and RAeS members provide training for educators and act as mentors to students. The program also encourages young people’s awareness of the aerospace sector, by showing its economic importance and wide array of career paths.
“The launch of this qualification is in line with Boeing’s commitment to promote awareness in technical and engineering studies,” said Sir Roger Bone, president of Boeing U.K. Kingdom and Ireland. “This certificate will also offer young people the opportunity to discover different career paths in the aviation industry.”
The year-long certificate will cover areas that complement the Schools Build a Plane Challenge. The Boeing Aviation Studies Certificate is a standalone qualification requiring two core units, Principles of Flight and Business Organization, and one optional unit of either Marketing, Introduction to Engineering, Design of Aircraft, Environment and the Aerospace industry). Starting this September, the course will be available to all schools in the U.K.
“Observing how students learn through the Build a Plane project has been inspiring as they have naturally linked mathematics with engineering all while learning to work as a team,” said project lead Mary Parry-Sargent, from Ercall Wood Technology College in Shropshire, one of the schools involved in the Schools Build a Plane Challenge.
“This new qualification not only will complement the students learning but being unique in its content and delivery, it allows the aims of the Schools Build a Plane project to be fundamental to its ethos.”
There are currently six schools involved in the Schools Build a Plane Challenge, each one building an aircraft: Yateley Schools (Hampshire), Marling School (Gloucestershire), Bridge Learning Campus (Bristol), Ercall Wood Technology College (Shropshire), North East Wolverhampton Academy (West Midlands) and Ernesford Grange Community School (West Midlands).
Boeing employs over 1,200 people across the UK at numerous sites, from Glasgow to Gosport, and the company is experiencing solid organic growth+. Boeing’s long-standing relationship with British industry, the Armed Forces and the air transport industry dates back more than 70 years. Today the UK remains a critically important market, supplier base and a source of some of the world’s most inventive technology partners. Boeing’s expenditure with the UK aerospace industry averages $1billion per year and supports tens of thousands of jobs, in the process enhancing skills, facilitating exports and generating intellectual property. www.boeing.co.uk
The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) As the world’s only professional body dedicated to the aerospace community, it exists to further the advancement of aeronautical art, science and engineering around the world. Established in 1866, the Society has been at the forefront of developments in aerospace ever since, seeking to: promote the highest professional standards in all aerospace disciplines, provide specialist information and act as a central forum for the exchange of ideas, play a leading role in influencing opinion on aerospace matters. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Society’s Patron. www.aerosociety.com